Cherie Garces, Behold, Acrylic and glitter on canvas
“Behold, the only thing greater than yourself!” is the traditional blessing the African father bestows upon his child. This blessing can imply that an ancestor has been reborn or that the strengths of the two parents have merged; greater strength in the newborn.
My painting gives this image new meaning, as the activist father holds up his future activist daughter, already blessed with a halo, to the heavens, admitting her to both the spiritual and physical community. Using the black fist as the symbol of unity and power, the new voice will be the voice of the future of a people who have suffered mistreatment, injustice and systemic discrimination for generations.
This piece was painted in acrylic with sprinkles of twinkling glitter. I like to incorporate a minimum of two mediums for added texture and detail. Clouds of various colors form the background, contributing to the emotional and spiritual moment. In addition, I hope the viewer will gain an understanding of the ancestors who suffered for the Black Lives Matter movement, and be drawn to the ideals of respect, unity, empathy, love, truth and dignity among and for black people.
My work is focused on these ideals as I strive to honor both my background and the background of others, in the hopes that the future will be more equal and more just, like the child in my painting and for all of the children of the world.